Herb latin name: Ballota acetabulosa

Family: Labiatae

Description of the plant:


50 cm
(1 foot)

Habitat of Ballota acetabulosa:

Rocks and rough ground in dry hills to 900 metres.

Other uses of the herb:

The calyces are used as floating wicks in oil lamps. The calyx is placed on the surface of the oil and soon becomes saturated with oil. It is then lit. Plants can be grown as a ground cover, forming a slowly spreading clump.

Propagation of Ballota acetabulosa:

Seed - we have no details for this species but suggest sowing the seed in spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring. Larger divisions can be planted straight into their permanent positions whilst smaller clumps are best potted up and kept in a cold frame until they are growing away well. Cuttings of semi-ripe wood in the summer.

Cultivation of the herb:

Rocks and rough ground in dry hills to 900 metres.

Medicinal use of Ballota acetabulosa:

None known

Known hazards of Ballota acetabulosa:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.